Group of Students Organize A Candlelight Bowl To Raise Money For Bolivia


The “Cross Countries” organization is hosting a candlelight bowl next month to benefit the people of Bolivia, South America.  All proceeds from this event will go toward helping a group of Oak Lawn students fund a service trip to Bolivia in June of 2019.  This charity event is supported by family, friends, and OLCHS.  “Bowling for Bolivia” 2018 will take place on Friday, October 5, from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at Arena Lanes of Oak Lawn (4700 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois).  The evening will consist of dinner followed by a short program, bowling, raffles, and plenty of fun!  “Bowling for Bolivia” 2018 looks to be very successful.  With the support of the community, these students hope to raise over $10,000 from this event.  The members of Cross Countries are William Dorian, Robby Metke, Jake Labuda, Logan Kunst, George Sievers, Jonathan Godinez, Michael Majcherek, and Thomas Karountzos.

Cross Countries is a student-led service group. It was established in 2004.  The club has raised over $225,000 to help fund mission trips overseas for compassionate students.  All of the money collected has contributed to the construction of rural hospitals in both Kenya and Bolivia.  Cross Countries is attempting to raise $30,000 over the next 9 months in order to return to Bolivia and continue work on Bethel Hospital.  This facility is the only Level I Trauma Center in the rural highlands.  Thanks to the efforts of past groups, the hospital is now over 75% complete.

To get more information about Cross Countries, or to make a donation, please contact Chris Repa at (708) 203-2254 or at  You may also visit these websites: and  Donations should be in the form of a check made payable to “Cross Countries” and sent to Chris Repa at Oak Lawn Community High School, 9400 Southwest Highway, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453. 


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